Tuesday 1 March '11 show notes

Tuesday 1 March '11 show notes

  • John Nichols, Washington Correspondent - The Nation Magazine; Associate Editor-Capital Times; author. Latest from the trenches...Wisconsin's war on Labor.
  • Lisa Graves, Executive Director-Center for Media & Democracy, Madison, WI. Latest from the trenches...Wisconsin's war on Labor, also Gov Walker's speech: what to expect, what's next.
  • James Hoffa, International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Boots on the ground-Columbus, OH Rally for the Middle Class.
  • Mike Tate, Chair, Democratic Party of Wisconsin (at 30, he's the youngest state chair in the nation). Wisconsin dems fighting back.
  • Matt Taibbi, Investigative reporter/columnist-Rolling Stone Magazine. Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail?
  • Congressman Dennis Kucinich. Huge labor rallies in Ohio today too.
  • Ron Pollack, Executive Director and Vice President-Families USA. Obama: States Should Have Flexibility To Opt Out Of Individual Mandate.
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Walker has pledged to layoff 2000 teachers if Senators don't return - will his divide & conquer strategy work?
Even though his union-busting agenda has stalled thanks to AWOL Democratic state senators – Governor Walker in Wisconsin is unveiling his 2-year budget proposal today – and guess what? It targets teachers. Walker is proposing a $900 million cut to education – and more than 2,000 teachers have received layoff notices as a result. And - Walker is also pledging more layoffs this week if senators don’t return to pass his “budget repair” proposal by today. Basically – Walker is telling his government workers they must accept losing their collective bargaining rights – or be fired. Now – one of the nation’s largest labor unions – AFSCME – has filed a labor complaint against Governor Walker alleging that he has violated fair labor practices with his unwillingness to negotiate with workers over their basic rights. And in more bad news for Walker – a New York Times/CBS poll shows that 60% of the country opposes Walker’s plan to limit collective bargaining rights – and in another poll among Wisconsinites – 52% of respondents said they wouldn’t vote for Walker if the gubernatorial election were held again today. President Obama finally waded into the Wisconsin waters saying yesterday, “I don’t think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified or their rights are infringed upon.” But this is the GOP strategy in America today – divide and conquer. Republicans want to turn the middle-class against each other so they can pursue their radical agenda without obstruction – and we can’t let them succeed.
 
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Need to Know: Protests grow louder in Ohio, Indiana With Lindsey Leffler, member SEIU 1199wko in Cincinnati, OH (was at today's rally in Columbus).
 
Screwed: REPORT: How Koch Industries Makes Billions By Demanding Bailouts And Taxpayer Subsidies (Part 1) With Lee Fang, Reporter/Blogger-Think Progress.org.
 
Darrell Issa's Team Includes Industry Insiders With Matt Madia, Regulatory Policy Analyst-OMB Watch.
 
Middle East With Robin Wright, USIP - Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar.
 
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Report: House budget plan could kill 700K jobs With David Cay Johnston, investigative journalist and author, and Andrew Fieldhouse, Federal Budget Policy Analyst-Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
 
Daily Take: "Hoarders" - rich people are mentally ill.
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Hour One: Latest from the trenches...Wisconsin's war on Labor with John Nichols, Washington Correspondent - The Nation Magazine; Associate Editor-Capital Times; author/co-author of several books, latest (with Robert McChesney) "The Death and Life of American Journalism".
 
Book: The Jungle, Upton Sinclair.
Article: "Why Koch Industries Is Speaking Out" by Charles G. Koch.
Article: "Watchdog on Charles Koch Op-ed: The Hypocrisy is Palpable" by Public Campaign Action Fund.

Hour Two: Latest from the trenches...Wisconsin's war on Labor, also Gov Walker's speech: what to expect, what's next with Lisa Graves, Executive Director-Center for Media & Democracy, Madison, WI.
 
Boots on the ground-Columbus, OH Rally for the Middle Class with James Hoffa, International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
 
Wisconsin dems fighting back with Mike Tate, Chair, Democratic Party of Wisconsin (at 30, he's the youngest state chair in the nation).

Hour Three: Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail? with Matt Taibbi, Investigative reporter/columnist-Rolling Stone Magazine.
Article: "Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail?" by Matt Taibbi.
 
Huge labor rallies in Ohio today too with Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
 
The very, very ugly: "Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Is Tough On Budgets" by NPR.
 
Obama: States Should Have Flexibility To Opt Out Of Individual Mandate with Ron Pollack, Executive Director and Vice President-Families USA.
 
Talk Radio News Segment: Jay Goodman Tamboli, Legal Affairs Correspondent and IT Director.
 
Talk Radio News Segment: Ellen Ratner, Bureau Chief.
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Hour Three: A government shutdown has been delayed for a couple of weeks...meanwhile, some GOP presidential hopefuls are cheering for a doomsday scenario"... find out why when Ari Berman joins Thom from The Nation Magazine...
 
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